List of Top Petroleum Engineering Schools and Colleges
A program in petroleum engineering prepares learners for careers in the drilling, exploration and transportation of oil and gas. Students take coursework in math, geology, chemistry, physics and fluid dynamics. Those with an undergrad degree can work in office positions such as facilities production and surveillance, while those with a graduate degree work in on-site drilling operations, reservoir engineering and research.
Best Petroleum Engineering Programs
1. Stanford University in Stanford, California
Stanford University was founded in 1891, and at over 8,100 acres it is the largest college campus in the U.S. Stanford was ranked second among graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Petroleum Engineering program trains students for advanced roles in the petroleum engineering industry. Research areas are comprised of energy industry management, geothermal energy, groundwater and environmental issues, non-Newtonian fluids, oil and gas recovery, pipeline transport, reservoir modeling, simulation and engineering, carbon sequestration and transient well analysis. Classes include aquatic chemistry, contaminant hydrogeology, gas injection processes and heat transfer. The Engineer in Petroleum Engineering or Energy Resources Engineering program is a 3-year program that provides more specialization than the M.S. degree program through additional engineering coursework.
A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program prepares students for a career in research of petroleum engineering. Students take petroleum-engineering courses, including equilibrium thermodynamics and petroleum geology exploration. They can opt for coursework from the energy resources engineering area such as geothermal reservoir engineering and environmental economics.
- Address: Stanford, CA 94305
- Phone Number: (650) 723-2300
2. Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio
Marietta College is a small college founded in 1835 in Marietta, Ohio, a town established by veterans of the Revolutionary War. In 2011, Marietta was named the second best university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
The Bachelor of Arts in Petroleum Engineering is a liberal arts program that accepts only 60 freshmen each year, and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission. Students complete internships in the field of petroleum engineering, as well as a team design project during in their final semester. The curriculum includes petrophysics, hydrocarbon phase behavior, reservoir engineering and natural gas engineering.
- Address: 215 Fifth St., Marietta, Ohio 45750
- Phone Number: (740) 376-4643
Ten Good Schools for Petroleum Engineering
|College/University Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|Texas A & M University||48,702||College Station, TX 77843||(979) 845-3211|
|Pennsylvania State University||45,185||201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802||(814) 865-4700|
|University of Houston||37,000||212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX 77204-2018||(713) 743-1000|
|University of Southern California||34,824||University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089||(213) 740-2311|
|Wayne State University||31,786||656 W. Kirby St., Detroit, MI 48202||(313) 577-2424|
|Texas Tech University||30,049||Broadway and University Ave., Lubbock, TX 79409||(806) 742-2011|
|University of Kansas||29,242||Lawrence, KS 66045||(785) 864-2700|
|West Virginia University||28,898||Stewart Hall, University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26506||(304) 293-0111|
|Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College||28,643||Baton Rouge, LA 70803||(225) 578-3202|
|University of Oklahoma Norman Campus||25,881||660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019||(405) 325-0311|
|Stanford University||18,498||Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|University of Wyoming||12,427||Corner of Ninth and Ivinson, Laramie, WY 82071||(307) 766-1121|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks||9,137||505 S. Chandalar Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775||(907) 474-7211|
|Illinois Institute of Technology||7,707||3300 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL 60616||(312) 567-3000|
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||6,814||1870 Miner Cir., Rolla, MO 65409||(573) 341-4111|
|Colorado School of Mines||5,124||1500 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401||(303) 273-3000|
|University of Tulsa||4,187||800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104||(918) 631-2000|
|New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology||1,761||801 Leroy Pl., Socorro, NM 87801||(800) 428-8324|
|Marietta College||1,597||Irvine Bldg., Marietta, OH 45750||(740) 376-4643|
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